CIRCA Catalyst: With Presenters Linda Dusman, Music, and Eric Smallwood, VA (2/26)

Symphony Interactive user interface

Symphony Interactive user interface

Join us for the first Catalyst lecture of the semester as Linda Dusman, Music, and Eric Smallwood, Visual Arts, present their collaborative research on Symphony Interactive, a tablet application that re-envisions the traditional concert going experience. The presentation will discuss the history of the project, focusing on the unique challenges in regard to the information, graphic and interactive design of an “unobtrusive” application intended to heighten and enrich the experience of live musical performances.

This discussion will take place Wednesday, February 26, beginning at 12 Noon in the Dresher Center Conference Room (PAHB 216). A catered lunch will be provided by CIRCA.

CIRCA Catalyst is an ongoing series promoting conversations around transdisciplinary and interdisciplinary research that fuses the performing and visual arts with other fields of inquiry and scholarship. A catered lunch, with vegetarian options, will be provided by CIRCA (the Center for Innovation, Research and Creativity in the Arts). Learn more at our Arts and Culture Calendar.

CUERE Seminar: “Using Smart Growth Strategies to Create More Resilient Communities” (2/28)

CUERE seminar series presents Kevin M Nelson with the US Environmental Protection Agency’s Community Assistance and Research Division of Sustainable Communities. Mr. Nelson will speak on “Using Smart Growth Strategies to Create More Resilient Communities in the Washington, DC Region.”

Friday, February 28, 2014 at 2:00 pm in the TRC building, Room 206

The Painted Screens of Baltimore (2/25)

Folklorist and author Elaine Eff, will speak about her recently published book The Painted Screens of Baltimore: An Urban Folk Art Revealed on February 25 at 4:00 p.m. in the Library Gallery.

Painted screens have long been synonymous in the popular imagination with the Baltimore rowhouse. At once picturesque, practical, and quirky, window and door screens adorned with scenic views simultaneously offer privacy and ventilation. As an urban folk art, painted screens flourished in Baltimore, though they did not originate here—precursors date to early eighteenth-century London. They were a fixture on fine homes and businesses in Europe and America throughout the Victorian era, but became an item for mass consumption in Baltimore where the folk art is still very much alive.

Elaine Eff, an authority on the subject of painted screens, has thoughtfully examined the roots of painted wire cloth, the ethnic communities where painted screens have been at home for a century, and the future of this art form. She is a curator and filmmaker who formerly served as the director of the cultural conservation program for the Maryland Historical Trust and as co-director of the Maryland Traditions program at the Maryland State Arts Council. She is the 2009 Botkin Prize recipient from the American Folklore Society and the founder of the Painted Screen Society.

Sponsored by the Department of American Studies, the Library Gallery, the Friends of the Library & Gallery.

UMBC Suits You: Professional Clothing Closet Drive (2/11-3/11)

UMBC Suits You” is collecting new and gently used professional clothing as part of Career Week in April. Students will have the opportunity to learn about dressing professionally and will then be able to select one free outfit to use in their job search. Staff can donate new and gently used professional clothing from February 11th – March 11th.

Starting February 11th, Professional Clothing can be dropped off at the following on-campus locations:

•Career Services Center, Math/Psych 212: 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. (Mon-Fri)

• The Women’s Center, The Commons: 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. (Mon-Thurs), 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. (Fri)

• Commons Info Desk: 7:30 a.m. – 12 a.m. (Mon-Thurs), 7:30 a.m. – 1 a.m. (Fri), 8 a.m. – 1 a.m. (Sat), 10 a.m. – 11 p.m. (Sun)

• Residential Life Office, Erickson Hall: 8:30 – 4:30 p.m. (Mon-Fri)

• RAC Front Desk: 7:30 a.m. – 9 p.m. (Mon-Fri), 12 p.m. – 6 p.m. (Sat-Sun)

• The Shriver Center, Public Policy Building: 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. (Mon-Fri)

• Alumni House: 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. (Mon-Fri)

Items that will be accepted: dresses, shell tops, button-up shirts and blouses, skirts, blazers, dress pants, belts, ties, skirt suits and suits.

Items that will NOT be accepted: jewelry, handbags, shoes, and general accessories.

For more information, check out myUMBC.